Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Monroe Community College Foundation, Inc.

  • Rochester, NY

Mission Statement

The Monroe Community College Foundation seeks philanthropic investment to advance academic achievement, innovation, and the mission of excellence at the College.

Main Programs

  1. Philanthropy

service areas

New York

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ruling year


chief executive

Ms. Diane L. Shoger

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Rochester, New York, Monroe County

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Physical Address

Damon City Campus 228 E. Main St.

Rochester, NY 14604


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Community/Junior College (B41)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

The MCC Foundation places a priority on making sure every deserving student receives the scholarship support they need to complete their educational goals at Monroe Community College. Last year the MCC Foundation increased the amount of scholarship dollars awarded by 7.3 percent. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, $1.17 million in scholarships were awarded in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.


What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1


Increasing numbers of astute philanthropists have already recognized that private support is essential if MCC is to thrive, remain affordable, and maintain its margin of excellence. Contributions - intellectual, emotional, and financial - will bequeath a precious legacy for the 21st century while helping to assure a healthy future for all the citizens of Monroe County.



Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Through our Every Bright Future Needs a Strong Foundation initiative, the MCC Foundation works to ensure deserving students receive the scholarship support they need to be successful and complete their plan of study at MCC. Because 90 percent of MCC career program graduates who are employed full-time remain in greater Rochester, this initiative also ensures that MCC remains a force behind our region's economic stability and workforce development.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To continue to increase the amount of support available to MCC students, the MCC Foundation works with donors to expand the number of scholarships available; 11 new scholarship funds were established last year. The Foundation also works with donors to increase the amount of funds available in existing scholarships. The goal of the Every Bright Future initiative is to grow the organization's endowment to $50 million to support students' scholarship needs in perpetuity.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The MCC Foundation has a dynamic board comprised of 53 of greater Rochester's business and community leaders. Led by Executive Director Diane Shoger and supported by the Foundation staff, the MCC Foundation has a comprehensive fundraising program that incorporates annual giving, planned giving, major gifts and special events. The Foundation's strategic plan guides the fundraising plan annually.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The MCC Foundation's strategic plan includes benchmarks that progress is measured against consistently. The Foundation keeps a dashboard of the fundraising initiatives that help to inform the staff and volunteers on progress toward annual goals.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The MCC Foundation helped the college launch Scholarships Online this year, making all MCC scholarships available via an online portal that every student can access to apply. The number of students who are awarded scholarships continues to grow however, the number of applicants still far outnumber the scholarships available. The MCC Foundation continues to work to meet that need.

service areas

New York

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Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)


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Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Monroe Community College Foundation, Inc.



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Ms. Diane L. Shoger


Ms. Shoger joined the MCC Foundation as Director of Development and Major Gifts in 1999 overseeing two capital campaigns which raised over $19 million and secured eight gifts of $1 million+. She was promoted to Executive Director in 2008, and now manages a comprehensive and nationally recognized development program including annual and alumni giving, special events, planned giving and major gifts. Her work with major donors, corporations, community philanthropists, faculty and friends has helped to promote giving and increase the culture of philanthropy across MCC's campuses and throughout the Greater Rochester community.

Ms. Shoger has over thirty years experience at the senior management level and extensive experience in nonprofit management, including volunteer and board management, programming and implementation of successful donor cultivation, solicitation and fundraising events. Ms. Shoger received a M.S. degree in Educational Administration Foundations and a B.S. in Special Education from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the MCC Foundation, her expertise and skills were honed with the Special Olympics organization, first as Vice President of Program and then as Chief Operating Officer for the New York Chapter.


"The American Dream starts at Monroe Community College.

Community Colleges enroll 6.5 million students - almost half of all undergraduates - and nearly 70% of community college students are enrolled in transfer programs. The rise in community college enrollment mirrors the demand for economic revitalization. By attracting talented, creative people with the intellectual firepower essential for growth, MCC helps translate knowledge in to jobs.

Every Bright Future Needs a Stong Foundation will provide financial assistance to students with unmet financial need, those demonstrating academic excellence and those seeking workforce training. Additionally, it will support program initiatives and unique opportunities for MCC students to learn and thrive.

And, most importantly, it will enable deserving students to achieve their educational dream and graduate from a degree or certificate program at MCC."



Mr. Jeremy J Wolk

Nixon Peabody, LLP

Term: Sept 2015 - Aug 2017


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